While director Ralph Bakshi's animated misfire Cool World deserved every bit of its intense critical drubbing, it's a shame Mark Isham's original score suffered so much collateral damage. A bold, kaleidoscopic collision of orchestral cues, jazz, and electronica, it's the composer's most audacious effort to date. Isham creates distinct sonic palettes that represent the film's three opposing milieus, with Carl Stalling-inspired symphonic themes signifying the cartoon realm, lively jazz themes heralding a return to reality, and dark, sleekly sensuous techno throbbing in conjunction with the erotic underworld. Isham navigates these twists and turns with assurance, and even as Cool World threatens to spin off in multiple directions, the music relies on an internal logic that never wavers.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny
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